Many elderly Singaporeans were severely inconvenienced by the closure of cash counters in 11 train station on the first day of the cashless “Smart Nation” implementation today (Sep 1). Elderly Singaporeans who do not understand English were stuck at the ticketing machines and required station staffs to assist in topping up their EZ Link card with cash.
The massive inconvenience was caused by the Land Transport Authority’s decision to remove cash transaction to appease dictator Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s call for a cashless “Smart Nation”, which he claimed a country can become “smart” only when it goes cashless.
Elderly Singaporeans are likely to be inconvenienced further, along with children or anyone without a bank card, when all the ticketing machines stop taking cash in 2020. Hawker centres and retail shops were also be mandated to have a card payment option, and they were told to absorb the “affordable” transaction fees.
According to a recent survey conducted by Paypal, more than 90% of the Singaporeans still prefer to transact in cash.
The Singapore government is however insistent on removing cash transactions with no regards for the concerns raised by the public. Part of the reason of going cashless is dictator Prime Minister’s wanting to “look cool” and his propaganda agenda to “modernise” Singapore. The dictator PM will retire only in five years’ time on 2022.